Kevin Campbell is “shocked” and “disappointed” to hear Arsenal have sacked Steve Bould as their Under-23 manager.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker slammed the club for the way in which the 58-year-old was dismissed.
As reported by Sky Sports on Sunday, Arsenal sacked Bould after 30 years at the club as a player and coach.
It comes after Arsenal’s Under-23s finished 10th in Premier League 2 last season.
Academy director Per Mertesacker will now be tasked with finding a replacement ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Bould’s dismissal, Campbell said: “It shocked me.
“I’m a bit disappointed in the news, to be honest. He has been at the club 30 years, it’s a long time.
“The club must feel that they can bring somebody in who can improve the development of the younger players.
“Steve is an ex-teammate of mine, I know him well. He has looked after the youth team, the Under-23s and he has also been the assistant manager to Arsene Wenger. He has done so much for the club.
“Maybe he went a bit stale. 30 years is a long time at one club. Hopefully whoever comes in can take the Under-23s to the next level.
“I just don’t like the way it was done. I hope he is alright and I know he won’t speak ill of the club.“